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A view from the bridge: The dramatic tension felt in the Carbone household by the end of Act 1.

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Sinead Aldridge 10N A view from the bridge: The dramatic tension felt in the Carbone household by the end of Act 1. In the late 1940's Arthur Miller first became interested in the lives and work of the communities of longshoremen of New York's Brooklyn harbour. It was at this time when he discovered the main plot for A View from the Bridge. Miller's friend who was a lawyer, and maybe the inspiration for the character Alfieri, told him of a story he had recently heard. This story was about a longshoreman, who had told the immigration bureau on his own relatives, two brothers, who were living in his home. The reason he did this was because one of the brothers, Rodolfo, wanted to marry his niece, who he already had feelings for. So from that point Arthur wrote his play. Miller later visited Sicily. Whilst visiting he saw many young men standing in the centre of a dusty piazza, waiting for work, rather like the way when Marco and Rodolfo told the Carbone family about their way of life back home. The play was first written as a one act play but later on in 1956 it become a play and from then on it has been performed successfully world-wide. ...read more.

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When Eddie is worried about the time we learn that Beatrice is a lot more relaxed about the situation than Eddie is. The next day when Catherine and Eddie are talking, we see how jealous Eddie is of the relationship that Catherine and Roldolfo have and how Eddie isn't involved in Catherine's life as much as he would like to be. "Its just I used to come home, you were always there. Now, I turn around, you're a big girl. I don't know how to talk to you." This shows that Eddie resents the way Catherine is always out with Rodolfo and how he misses talking to her and being around her. When we lean that Rodolfo can cook, Eddie is the first to insult him. He says sarcastically: "Its wonderful. He sings, he cooks, he could make dresses..." By saying this Eddie is implying that Rodolfo is homosexual. Although Rodolfo takes this as a compliment but Catherine knows exactly what he means and supports Rodolfo by saying chefs make a lot of money. Catherine, who is in the middle of an argument between Eddie and the cousins, asks Rodolfo to dance, which adds even more tension to the play. If I was in the audience at this point I would be sat on the edge of my seat as the tension is at its climax. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that the audience would be excited about the prospect of what is going to happen next. However they may also be a little nervous of what is going to happen between Eddie and the two brothers. Throughout act one a lot of tension has been building up which was quite obvious to the audience and the Carbone family. However, at the end of Act one, I don't think anyone was excepting Marco to react the way he did when challenging Eddie. At the beginning of Act one Marco seemed shy and like he would never challenge Eddie, but by the end Marco is not shy and has challenged Eddie. Many characters have changed throughout Act one; Eddie has realised that he has feelings for Catherine. Catherine has realised that uncles shouldn't act the way Eddie does towards her, She has also matured and fell in love with Rodolfo. Rodolfo seems nervous by the end of Act one, whereas at the begging he was loud and confident. Beatrice seems to be less gentle towards Catherine and makes her realise that she is a grown woman. Another character that has built up the tension in Act one is Alfieri; he has shared his thoughts and feelings and made the audience aware of the tension in the Carbone family. ...read more.

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